Trooper Takeaway

CPD is understaffed by 700 officers

Wednesday, Mar 24, 2010  |  Updated 9:27 AM CDT
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Illinois State Police Trooper Brandi Field uses a radar gun to check the moving speed of vechicles traveling north on Interstate Highway I55 near Pawnee, Ill. State troopers may stop patrolling Chicago's expressways after July 1.

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Illinois State Troopers won’t be patrolling Chicago’s expressways after July 1, if Governor Quinn gets his way.

Quinn wants to slash the State Police budget and lay off up to 464 troopers, which means that Chicago Police will have to take over the job of patrolling the city’s 53 miles of highway, the Sun-Times reports.

State troopers have had exclusive control over the Ike, Dan Ryan, Stevenson, Kennedy, Edens spur and Bishop Ford since 1985, the paper notes.

Chicago Police Superintendent Jody Weis calls the plan a “worst case scenario” because the CPD is understaffed by about 700 officers.

"I've got my fingers crossed that it will not materialize. It would be a challenge for us," Weis said.

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